The Dimensions of Cyber - Challenges & Opportunities

National Security College | Professional course
The Dimensions of Cyber - Challenges & Opportunities


Explore cyber to gain a greater understanding of this influential and ever-evolving domain from a national security perspective. Engage with government officials who are leading Australia’s cyber response and learn more about protecting data after Cambridge Analytica.

#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

The inter-disciplinary and global nature of cyber requires policy-makers to develop a deep understanding of the ‘information age revolution’ that it represents. Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy was a first step in articulating how we must harness the opportunities and mitigate the risks in this rapidly evolving arena. This program will assist you to understand the opportunities, threats and risks of engaging with the cyber world, how Australia is engaging internationally on cyber issues, and the role of cyber security innovation in improving Australia’s economic opportunities and defensive capabilities.

Scope and content

This course aims to provide participants with a thorough introduction to and understanding of the dimensions of cyber, the opportunities and the threats Australia is facing and the ability to apply that understanding to a range of policy and operational responsibilities. It explores Australia’s cyber security objectives, capabilities and constraints, and leaves participants informed and prepared to seize the opportunities to develop and reform Australia’s cyber security approaches. Those attending will be well placed to discuss and advocate for Australia’s policy approach to cyber security when engaging with international partners.

The topics covered include:
• a global overview of cyber security threats, trends and capability
• Australia’s cyber security policy and strategy • international cooperation: regional partners and the role of international law
• industry views on Australia’s cyber security
• the trajectory of cyber warfare
• cyber-intelligence as an opportunity
• “info-wars”:information as a weapon.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who are involved in cyber policy issues or who need a deeper understanding of this increasingly important subject for their professional responsibilities. This includes corporate participants and government employees. It is not a technical cyber program, and is not intended to develop the skillset required of cyber technicians.

“I found the course extremely useful – particularly in gaining greater understanding about the cyber security context, policy implications and environment we are working in.”

Course details

  • Two day, non-residential, fully-catered program
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied
    • Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Registration Places on this course are limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at

“The presenters were very knowledgeable and come from a good spectrum of expertise and experience, the information was concise and opened my mind to the amount of issues that we are facing.”

Course convenor

Mr Brad Fallen

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery. As Senior Adviser International Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2014, Brad was part of the small team who delivered Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Review and Strategy. He then implemented the Strategy for 18 months from the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser. Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat between 2011 and 2014, supporting Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Abbott, and before this the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information teams from 2008 to 11. He was Defence Adviser to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, in 2000-01. Brad studied South Pacific history at the University of Queensland before joining the Department of Defence’s Graduate program in 1988. Brad’s career in Defence focused on Australia’s regional relationships, and included three years as First Secretary (Defence) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and two years seconded to the New Zealand Government in Wellington.

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